Vintage Assistant Winemaker - Tintara

Date: 12 Sep 2023

Location: McLaren Vale, Australia

Company: Accolade Wines

Enrich Your Everyday

At Accolade Wines, our purpose is to enrich everyday moments. As one of the world’s leading wine companies, our award-winning portfolio includes beloved brands such as Hardys, Grant Burge, St Hallett, Mud House, Jam Shed and many more. We are one of the largest wine producers in the world – we’ve been around since 1836, and our portfolio has won nearly 9,000 international wine show awards in the last decade. 

Role Details

Your main duties will be assisting in the management of all winemaking operations on site, within the guidance and parameters set by winemakers and Group Winemaking.

Your Key Accountabilities

  • Monitor the vintage winemaking program in conjunction with other Winemakers
  • Assist the Winemakers in preparing the winery work program, and liaise with the Cellar Supervisor to implement the winery work program
  • Create, coordinate and update work notes
  • Drive exceptional levels of winery hygiene and general housekeeping
  • Work with a ‘hands on approach’ to all tasks
  • Oversee grape intake and processing according to supplied schedule
  • Conduct press cuts and juice assessments
  • Undertake winemaking trials as required
  • Assist in maintenance of bulk stock records, including stock takes with administration and cellar supervisor.
  • Program and monitor barrel maintenance program and play a key role in barrel store house keeping
  • Ensure the relevant analysis and amelioration of juice/wine on site is performed as required to ensure compliance with wine specifications.
  • Actively participate daily with input and discussion in tastings, blending, trials and vintage ferment tasting, and subsequent delivery of work orders
  • Carry out cellar work as required, following all work instructions and safety procedures
  • In the absence of the Cellar Supervisor, maintain supplies and storage condition of winery materials as requested and required

Other Accountabilities Include

Your Knowledge and Skills

  • A passion for wine and winemaking
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and energy
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of team
  • Ability to work within winery procedures and protocols to ensure desired outcomes
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Working knowledge of winery systems
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Sensory skills
  • Planning, organisation and supervision ability

Essential Qualifications

  • Experience in an Assistant or Winemaking role
  • Exposure to premium wine production (desirable)
  • Wine tasting experience, stewarding/ wine show judging or wine show committee representation (desirable)

Physical and Other Requirements

  • A tertiary qualification in winemaking or a related science
  • High Risk Work licence for Forklift Truck (highly desirable but not essential)

Apply Now!

Applications Close Friday 20 October, for your best chance in gaining a position with Accolade Wines – Tintara Winery for vintage 2024 apply now!

Successful applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical, which includes drug and alcohol testing.

Accolade Wines Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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